This is what you need to know about Groundhog removal
The groundhog, also known as the woodchuck, is one of 14 species of marmot (the squirrel family). In simple terms, a groundhog is a giant squirrel. They are excellent burrowers thanks to their powerful feet and curved claws. Their burrows are used for general living, hibernating, and raising their young. A typical groundhog burrow has two to five entrances. Moreover, their tunnels range anywhere from eight to seventy feet.
Groundhogs are known carriers of the Rabies Disease, which is transferable to both humans and pets. Additionally, groundhogs are nuisance animals-pests. During the spring and summer, they are found in homes. They retreat into their burrows for hibernating during winter months.
Damage caused by groundhogs
When groundhogs dig within a property, it creates a few problems. Burrowing leads to cave-ins which creates significant damage. Common complaints include burrows under decking, under sheds, or next to a structure. When tunneling is under a driveway or foundation, it is a serious and expensive complication. Burrows also present a trip hazard if it’s not filled in.
Furthermore, woodchucks are pests due to plant damage; they eat a lot of plants. Their time is spent foraging, including crops or other plant life in your backyard.
How groundhog removal works
Trapping and removing the animal from the property is the most effective. Filling in the holes is unproductive; the animal digs them out again. In addition, repellents are generally unsuccessful. Sometimes, groundhogs are aggressive when scared or trapped. Allow a professional to handle your unwanted visitor to avoid any unwanted injuries.
In many instances, we install hardware cloth to prevent groundhogs from creating burrows under decks and sheds.
Serving Central PA
Backyard Wildlife Solutions serves a wide area in central Pennsylvania, including: Lancaster, Lititz, Ephrata, Hershey, and Hummelstown.
Backyard Wildlife Solutions is a registered member of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association. Undergoing regular training, BWS uses humane, approved traps and techniques when removing groundhogs and other animals from residential and commercial properties.